Post Meetup Notes (and a bonus event to attend)

BIG thanks to everyone who came to the 3rd StartupQ8 meetup held last Saturday night. Special thanks to the speakers as well, they provided great content.  I wanted to touch on a few points from last night:

StartupQ8 Dec. 2012 (8)

Lean Startup ‘Pre-Party’

I want to apologize for the delay and technical difficulties in starting the Lean Conference highlights. We shouldn’t have such issues in the future. If you arrived late or you didn’t get a chance to view a talk you wanted to see, the talks can be found here. Let us know in the comments which video you missed, and we’ll help you find it.

The Event

We’re happy to hear such great feedback on the main event, and our speakers in particular. Abdullah will cover the event in more detail in a later post, but I wanted to share some of my personal take-aways:

  • The number and variety of funding options for startups is increasing. People in Kuwait and the region are catching up to the rest of the world, and pretty soon incubators, angel investor networks and venture capital funds will all be competing for the best and brightest entrepreneurs.
  • Create your own opportunities. No one will do that better than you. The way Dr. Naif described two such examples from his career demonstrated a very useful characteristic for entrepreneurs.
  • Don’t wait too long or worry too much about someone stealing your idea. Executing the idea is more important than the idea itself, so get out of the building. 

Next week

If you’re interested in attending a workshop for small enterprises, there’s one going on at GUST next week. Details are below. Call 6035-7000 to RSVP.


Your Feedback

Thanks to everyone who has given us their feedback on the events. If you have any comments or would like to volunteer to help us put the events together, let us know.

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  1. Great Event last week, just wanted to share a thought for a possible future event, many people that are just starting would benefit from the experiences others went through in starting their businesses in Kuwait, everything from financing to dealing with government requirements, a panel of 4 to 5 entrepreneurs that have been in business for let’s say 5 years each who can share their experiences would be a great event for those who are just starting or think about venturing.

  2. Thank you for the great event , i agree with mr.khaled 100%


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